The Russ Robertson Arena has officially, fully reopened to the public.
The facility has been under renovation since shortly after City Council approved the budget for the the arena expansion project last year, at 1.4 million dollars, which Director of Community Services with the city, Don Stang, says was a dollar mark they stayed true to.
The facility was partially opened last Fall in order to accommodate need for the ice time, but as construction is now finished, the arena is fully reopened. The arena was upgraded in several ways, one of which was the addition of a female change room. Stang says it was becoming a bigger and bigger necessity for the center leading up to the renovations.
“I believe we had small, little areas for girls to go and change in if they needed to but what we’ve added here is quite significant. We see an increase in female hockey players joining our male teams and we wanted to provide them a private area where they can go and get ready,” says Stang.
The Russ Robertson Arena was built in 1976 and the upgrades it received also included expansion of all 4 dressing rooms and improvements to the lobby area and facade.
Of those in attendance, Mayor Rob Saunders paid a visit to the refreshed facility for the ribbon-cutting.